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Barta hired as interim dean for Health Sciences and Human Ecology at BSU

BEMIDJI — Bemidji State University announced Wednesday it has hired James Barta as interim dean of the College of Health Sciences and Human Ecology.

Barta, currently serving as associate professor in the School of Teacher Education and Leadership at Utah State University, begins his new job Aug. 1.

According to a BSU news release, Barta has spent the past two years helping establish a teacher-education program at Utah State University-Eastern in Blandin, Utah. The program is focused on developing American Indian teachers, working with under-represented communities to recruit students and to develop programs intended to further diversify Utah’s population of teachers.

Barta also is an adjunct member of the graduate faculty at the University of Alabama, where he will be teaching in an international mathematics education program through December 2015.

“I am very excited to accept the position of interim dean of health sciences and human ecology at Bemidji State,” Barta said in the release. “As an educator with more than 30 years of experience at virtually every level of education, from early childhood to doctoral, I intend to provide appropriate leadership for the university and serve as a member of an outstanding team that will move the university forward.”

Barta has a bachelor’s degree in industrial science education from Colorado State University, a master’s degree in learning disabilities and emotional behavior disorders from the University of Northern Colorado and a doctorate in curriculum and instruction in early childhood education from the University of Oregon.